8.05.2014

Carolyn Friedlander is coming to town!

This is the week everyone.  Carolyn Friedlander is coming to town this Thursday 8/7 for a Lecture and Trunk Show and spending the weekend with us for two workshops!  Friday she's teaching her awesome Stripes paper piecing quilt and Saturday it's Social Tote time. 

If you're planning on coming to the trunk show Thursday night, click here to RSVP.

There are still two spots left in each workshop, so if you have been on the fence about signing up, now's the time.  Click here to sign up.

7.01.2014

July Meeting with Kim Kight!


JULY MEETING
July 9 at 7 p.m.

Sew Much More


We're dang thrilled that one of our hometown girls is part of the rockstar team of Cotton + Steel, the new fabric division with RJR. Kim Kight, is the super fabric guru, who first made us covet modern fabrics and helped change the industry with her amazing blog True Up. She's now coming to speak with us about, what else, FABRIC! 


Are you ready to show your Michael Miller challenge projects? The July Meeting show and tell will be exclusively Michael Miller Challenge projects, so bring them by for oohs and ahhs and some woohooos too!


Don't forget to load them on the MQG community site by July 25 to be eligible to win a year of free fabric from Michael Miller!

Jill will also give a Treasurer's report.

See you then!


6.05.2014


2014-2015 Executive Officer Candidates

The Austin MQG will be electing new Executive Officers on June 11, 2014! Below is the list of candidates and little information about themselves.


PRESIDENT

Angela Milliman
Hi! My name is Angela Milliman and I would love to be the President for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild. I began attending the ATXMQG meetings in Fall 2012 and found fabric-addicts willing to share their huge amounts of creativity and knowledge with the community. It is amazing to see how much the guild has grown in such a short amount of time. I look forward to continuing this positive growth in coordination with the rest of the board and guild members by continuing with programs like demos, lectures and community service plus adding in plenty of new ideas. I would also love for our Guild to provide a huge Texas-size welcome to the attendees at QuiltCon 2015!

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS

Heather Grant
I would love to be able to serve the MQG at a local level. I have professional experience in strategic planning, marketing, communications and event planning and feel I can bring much of my experience to the table. I hope to redesign the website, improve our member newsletter and work with the Austin MQG board in bringing the best programming to our guild. Our current board has done such an amazing job establishing a strong foundation and bringing the Austin MQG to a great level, I hope that together we can bring it up to level 11! Working together I think we can make this guild even better. I also fully support bringing back the Austin MQG Happy Hour so that we all can get to know even more members!

VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS

Beth Chinderle
I am interested in being more involved in the AMQG, so I am running for Vice President of Events. My background in education has given me opportunities to facilitate, plan and organize lots of different things. If elected, I hope to bring my teaching experience and passion for modern quilting to the position by connecting with members and hearing your ideas so we can plan a variety of events to offer throughout the year!

VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING

Kim Place
My name is Kim Place and I've been so happy to be a part of our modern quilting community for the past two and half years. I'm running for VP of programming because I love our meetings. I'd love to continue to broaden our knowledge of what modern quilting is and share some awesome techniques to build confidence in every quilter to become more amazing than they already are. The foundations of our little guild have been set to make this year an amazing one and I'd love to be a part of it. Thanks for your consideration.

SECRETARY

Christi Carew
Hi! I'm Christi Carew and I'm running for Secretary. I'm running to be more involved with the AMQG. I love the group. We've come a long way and I want to be part of helping it continue to grow. I love sharing what we do, so I think I'd be good at secretary. I'm also an experienced secretary (hello, PTA). Thanks!

TREASURER

Jill Ivie
I'm running for my second term as Treasurer for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild because I love Austin, Modern Quilting and Excel!



We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting on June 11, 2014, 7pm at Sew Much More (3010 W Anderson Ln, Austin, TX 78757). If you are unable to attend and would like to vote, we are accepting proxy votes until Tuesday, June 10 at midnight CST. If you have voted by proxy and attend the meeting, only the proxy vote will count. You must be a paid member to vote.  
Find the proxy voting ballot here.  

5.22.2014

May BOM: Braided Star

Thanks to everyone who attended last night's meeting.  It was so fun to share with you my Braided Star Block Tutorial.

For May 2014's Block of the Month, please follow the tutorial on my blog here.  Use happy greens and oranges for the braids.  The right side of the square should start with orange and the left side, green.  Like the photo below:


Have fun with this block and feel free to email me here if you have any questions. 

Happy Sewing!
Kim Place
http://dreamstitchdesigns.com/

Ok, so here's a quick reminder of how this game works.

  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!
  • If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still play.  Contact Emily for more info at communications@austinmodernquiltguild.com
  • In June there will be a raffle prize for all the blocks donated that month.
  • The grand prize for most donated blocks is a full size set of Aurifil thread by V & Co.

4.25.2014

Charity Block of the Month: Easy Triangles!

April BOM: Easy Triangles

I know last month's triangles were kind of rough, so here's an easy version to get you going!  It's time to pull out all the stops for the grand prize Aurfil thread box! 

Ok, so here's a quick reminder of how this game works.

  • Bring as many blocks as you like
  • Each block = 1 entry to win a group of the blocks
  • The rest of the blocks will be made into an outreach quilt
  • Win prizes while giving back to the community!
  • If you are unable to make it to the meeting, you can still play.  Contact me for more info at communications@austinmodernquiltguild.com
  • In May we'll be giving away a travel size Olfa set!
  • The grand prize for most donated blocks is a full size set of Aurifil thread by V & Co!


Please use any combination of (solid or print) blue, orange, and green with a neutral solid or print background.  You do not have to make yours scrappy unless you want to!  

4.24.2014

April Updates!


Hey Y’all!
 
There’s so much going on right now and we don’t want you to miss a thing.

SEW-IN DAY is THIS Saturday, April 26th at the Cotton Cupboard in Lakeway.  Join us from 10 to 5.  Select the Sew-In Tab and get yourself signed up!
MICHAEL MILLER CHALLENGE: The Modern Quilt Guild is hosting another fabulous fabric challenge. Michael Miller has provided the fabulous fabric from their new Petal Pinwheels collection. Check out the details here!  The MQG has extended the challenge deadline to July 25, 2014 so you have plenty of time to create something awesome!

Here’s how you can get your Challenge bundle:

PICK UP:Austin MQG Meeting – Wednesday, May 21st at Sew Much More

 - Saturday, April 26th  - pick up from Mary Anne at the Cotton Cupboard Sew-In
 - Emily (communications@austinmodernquiltguild.com) at work near the Arboretum in North Austin
 - Corinne (events@austinmodernquiltguild.com) at work in West Austin
 - Bunny’s Designs, 1604 Rio Grande, St, ATX (512) 391-6200.  Friday (4/25) 11-6 p.m. and Monday (4/28) from 11 to 5.


DELIVERY: E-mail Gina Pina (gina@ginapina.com) and she’ll send you your bundle and a PayPal invoice for $2.50 (to cover postage and fees)

Retreat 


Special Event with Heather Ross at Book People!  Spread the word :)


 


     

4.08.2014

April Meeting News!

April 2014 Austin MQG Meeting Info


 

When?  Thursday, April 17, 2014 @ 6 pm

Where?   Butler Park, Austin, TX  


Quilts in the Park!

 
Join us for a picnic and Quilt Photoshoot at Butler Park!  We'll have professional photographer Summer Milliman on hand to take pictures of our finished quilts with the fabulous Austin skyline in the background.

This is a social meeting - no formal program is planned.  Bring a chair or picnic blanket, something to eat and drink, and your quilts!  Family is welcome too!

In the event of bad weather, we'll post updates on the Austin MQG website, Facebook page, and Instagram account (@AustinMQG).
 

 
 

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

The next Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge is here!  Fat 8th packs of six fabulous Michael Miller fabrics will be available for pick up at the April and May Guild meetings.  You can win a year's worth of fabric from Michael Miller!  More details will be on the blog shortly.
 

Sew In Day

Join the fun at the next Sew-In: April 26th at Honeybee Quilt Shop from 10 to 4 p.m.  Sign ups are coming soon.


Retreat 

Heather Ross is coming to Austin!  

She will be at Book People on May 14th reading from her new book.  Details to come.


3.23.2014

March Meeting News!


March 2014 Austin MQG Meeting Info



When?  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 @ 7 pm, socializing starts at 6:30

Where?   Sew Much More, 3010 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX  78757 


Hi Everyone!

Let's start out with a big THANK YOU to Lily Gonzales-Creed, Windham Fabrics and Angela "Bunny" Milliman for making our February meeting so fabulous!  Those Japanese quilts were amazing and Lily's sharing her story was very inspirational.  Seeing your own name on the selvedge?  WOW, what a moment that must have been!

Do you IG?  For those of you who are on Instagram, The Austin Modern Quilt Guild now has our own IG account - you can follow us on @AustinMQG.  If you're not on Instagram, join the fun!  I'm sure that there are plenty of your fellow members happy to show you how.

Our March Meeting will be held on March 26, 2014 at Sew Much More (3010 W. Anderson Lane, ATX).  Sew Much More will be open for shopping before and after the meeting and there's a 10% discount for all meeting attendees!  Check-In (and socialize or shop) from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and our meeting will start at 7 and end at 9.  At least that's the plan!

And now let's get to the March Meeting Agenda:

It's time for some SPRING CLEANING!

Join us for a fun-filled, informative and inspirational evening - here are just a few of the highlights:

DESTASH - Do you have fabric or notions you want to destash?  We'll be having a Spring Cleaning Destash in March.  Here's how it will work…gather your stuff to destash, print out this handy-dandy sheet of Claim Tickets.  Fill out your portion of the Claim Ticket (one ticket per item), and attach the ticket and place on the DESTASH TABLE at the meeting.  We'll have time before and during the meeting for members to check out the offerings.  Each item is claimed when the member signs their name on the Claim Ticket. We'll leave time at the end of the meeting for buyers and sellers to connect and arrange for payment.  Sellers should indicate what form of payment is acceptable (Cash, Check, PayPal, Swap).

MACHINE TLC - Does your machine need a lube job? Do you have tension issues?  Size compatability problems between thread and needle? We'll share some tips and tricks for standard machine maintenance and trouble shooting that you can do on your own.  All it takes is the courage to open up your machine's owner's manual, a few simple tools and you'll be ready to welcome Spring with the pedal to the medal!

A CLEAN SEWING STUDIO IS A HAPPY SEWING STUDIO - We've seen them on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc…there are some AMAZING ways to store your stash, outfit your space and inspire your creativity.  E-mail your favorite links, photos or ideas to Secretary@austinmodernquiltguild.com with a brief description to Angela by the end of the day on March 24th.  Angela will compile these great ideas and we'll have a share fest!

SHOW AND TELL - Show us your Quilts!

GUILD BUSINESS -
        > Sign up now for the May retreat at Wimberley Quilt Ranch - check the blog for details!

        > The March Sew-In Sunday at The Stitch Lab was a sold-out event - we had a great time!  Join the fun at the next Sew-In: April 26th at Honeybee Quilt Shop from 10 to 4 p.m.  Sign ups are coming soon.

        >  Be sure to bring your charity blocks for the give away!  I know this one was a tough one - triangles can be scary!   If you didn't have a chance to make the block, you can bring an alternate 12.5" square block you've made, or even just a 12.5" square piece of fabric that is solid or print green, orange, yellow, or neutral.  Each block or square you bring will enter you once to win an awesome prize!

        >  Elections and Dues

        >  APRIL 10th MEETING - Fabric, Food and Fresh Air!  We'll be planning a photo shoot and picnic for our April meeting.  Details to come!

Are you itching to attend a quilt show?  Go check out the Boerne Hauptstrasse Quiltfest on Saturday, May 3!